Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

Pros and Cons of Retiring Abroad

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July 12, 2018

The decision to retire abroad is not something that should be taken lightly. For many people it’s the best decision they’ve ever made—the adventure of a lifetime. And their only regret is that they didn’t make the move sooner. While other people just can’t adapt to life in a new country. How do you figure into which camp you fall...

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

Best Places to Live in Costa Rica: Five Top Expat Havens

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July 10, 2018

For decades Costa Rica has been among the world’s premier retirement destinations. It still is. Chuck and his wife Anna launched their Pura Vida lifestyle in 2012. They sought a mild climate, better healthcare, amazing views, and lots to do…and all at a lower cost of living. You’ll find established and welcoming expat communities all across the country. It’s easy to make friends to explore the jungle with, or to share an ice-cold, two-buck Pilsen beer while watching the sun set from a beach.

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

Popular Costa Rica: Is the “Pura Vida” Lifestyle for You?

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July 1, 2018

The 2014 Fast Track Costa Rica Conference is over and done with - and as expected, it was a roaring success. I'd wager the people who attended this conference were people who had read and heard about Costa Rica's breath-taking natural beauty, very affordable cost of living, and the Pura Vida lifestyle—and were interested in seeing if it's somewhere where they could enjoy a happier retirement for less than what they are paying at home.

How to Learn Spanish

How to Learn Spanish

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June 28, 2018

The very best way to enjoy the culture of any country is by being able to speak the language. And fortunately, Spanish is one of the easiest languages to quickly pick up. You don't have to be fluent. You don't need to be perfect every single time. But you do need to master a few basics...

One of the Best Retirement Destinations in Northeast Brazil

One of the Best Retirement Destinations in Northeast Brazil

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June 24, 2018

If you're a regular IL reader—or you've been following the World Cup hoopla—then you've likely heard of the cities of Fortaleza, Natal, and Recife. If you're not familiar with them, they're all state capitals in the tropical northeast of Brazil. All are popular tourist destinations for Europeans, although North Americans have been slow to catch on to their delights. All are hosting World Cup games.

Sapodilla, Belize: In Search of the Most Beautiful Beach in Belize

Sapodilla, Belize: In Search of the Most Beautiful Beach in Belize

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June 23, 2018

There are few things that can motivate me to rise before the sun. But on a calm, hazy April morning I arrived at Garbutt Marine's dock before 6 a.m., as the sun was rising... I was joining a ReefCI day trip to the Sapodilla Cayes, in search of Belize's most beautiful beach. The other participants had fishing on their minds...

5 Reasons to Retire in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands

5 Reasons to Retire in Mexico’s Colonial Highlands

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June 17, 2018

When many people think of Mexico, they think of the beach. But one of Mexico’s most popular areas for expat living is the Colonial Highlands, a region a few hours north of Mexico City…and there’s nary a beach in sight. So what makes the Colonial Highlands so special? Here are five reasons why expats love the Highlands…and why you might, too.